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Lisnagreggan, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Lios na gCreagán ‘the fort of the little rocks’

Background

There is no reason to disagree with the previous interpretations by O’Donavan and Joyce of the place-name as Lios na gCreagán ‘the fort of the little rocks’.  While none of the 17th-century forms provides any evidence of the typical East Ulster pronunciation of ea as [ɜ] before d, s and g (Holmer 1940, 76) the representation of this sound as -a- in these forms is likely to be merely a mistranscription of -e-NISMR marks two ‘enclosures’ in the townland, no trace of either of which now remains. 

References

(info. from McKay, P. (1995): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 4 p. 51)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballylisgraggan1637Lodge RR Chas I i 407
Ballisgragane1661BSD 135b
Ballelisnegragan1663Lodge RR Chas II i 106
Ballylisgragan1666EP Edenduffcarrick
Lisnegragan1669HMR Ant. 143
Ballylisgregane1672cInst. Edenduffcarrick
Ballylisgragan or Ballysgragan1684Lodge RR Chas II ii 292
Ballylisgragane1684Comm. Grace 10
Ballylisgragan1712Reg. Deeds 10-133-3227
Lisnegregan1738Reg. Deeds 89-414-63860
Ballylisgragane1739Reg. Deeds 90-171-62470
Lisnagreggan1765Reg. Deeds 242-379-107072
Lisnagregan1766Belfast News Letter Aug 1
Lisnagregan1780Lendrick Map
Lisnagregan1813Reg. Deeds 660-290-457358
Ballylogrogane1820Reg. Deeds 756-26-523562
Lisnagreggan1830OSNB A 41 162
~Lios na gCreagán ""fort of the little rocks""1830J O'D (OSNB) A 41 162
~Lios-na-gcreagán ""fort of the little rocks""1913Joyce iii 478
Barony
Toome Upper
Parish
Drummaul
Parish in 1851
Drummaul
Townland
None
Place name ID
5412
Place name type
T